Yes, I really am writing a post about a dishwasher. 😀 I don’t know why, but getting rid of a dishwasher in a kitchen (especially in America) seems unconscionable to many people. It’s actually quite controversial for some reason. Every time I mention not using mine (I’ve used it maybe four times since remodeling my kitchen in 2014) or getting rid of my dishwasher and replacing it with some more useful storage (which I hope to do this year), I get comments from people urging me to keep it.
I went to the comment section in the admin part of my blog and just searched the word “dishwasher” to see how many comments had been left on this topic. There were 242 dishwasher comments. That’s a lot of comments about dishwashers! 😀
Not all of the comments were from people urging me to keep mine. In fact, I had many comments from people who never use their dishwasher (many had removed it completely and replaced it with useful storage) and only ever wash dishes by hand. But the majority were from people who said they could never live without a dishwasher, and a large percentage of those were comments urging me to keep mine.
Even in Saturday’s C.O.P. post, the topic of a dishwasher was prevalent in the comments…
Get a dishwasher. buy multiples of what you use at every meal. Then just load the dishwasher and wash the skillet. Run and empty the dishwasher every few days. Easy peasy!
Get a dishwasher. And a Roomba. Embrace the help they give you (imagine cutting all your wood with a handsaw instead of a tablesaw or tracsaw). Since we are only two, I purchased another set of our cutlery on Ebay so I only run the dishwasher when it is full.
Getting a dishwasher would help.
I know you keep saying you want to get rid of the dishwasher because you don’t use it… but if you’re not doing your dishes after each meal then you really should use it. Why do you prefer stacking dirty dishes in plain sight than just putting them in the dishwasher? I’m not trying to be mean, I just really can’t understand the reluctance.
There is nothing virtuous about not using a dishwasher – and IMHO you have more than enough cabinet/storage/pantry space that there is no necessity for you to repurpose the space your dishwasher takes. Give yourself a break – get the thing fixed and use it.
Since this topic keeps coming up, I thought that I’d just write a post about it! In fact, someone actually suggested that to me in a comment a while back when this same comment came up.
Kristi, I think you need a whole post on this! 😉 It keeps coming up… Au revior to the dishwasher!
So I’m doing just that, and including a visual demonstration to clearly show exactly why a dishwasher doesn’t make sense for us. From this point forward, when the topic comes up, I can just link to this post rather than trying answer individual questions about why I don’t need a dishwasher. So here goes…
First, I’ve explained that Matt and I eat one meal a day (OMAD with 22 hours intermittent fasting every day). We’ve been doing that for a year-and-a-half now, ever since we started keto in June 2018, and we both love it. So I don’t see us ever going back to eating three meals a day. In fact, even before keto, we were only ever eating two meals a day. We’ve never been three-meals-a-day people.
On top of that, since June 2019, we’ve been eating a mostly-carnivore diet. We pretty much eat ribeyes, and that’s it. Sometimes we’ll throw in something else (ground beef, bacon, shrimp, etc.), but for now, it’s ribeyes every day.
I cook our ribeyes on the stovetop on my cast iron griddle pan with a splatter guard and a lid. I prepare our ribeyes on a cutting board using a meat tenderizer. After they’re cooked, I cut them up on the cutting board using a knife, and then we eat them using two bowls and two forks.
That’s it. That’s the sum total of our dishes for an entire day. I gathered them up after our meal on Saturday and took a picture of them before I washed them (and before I cleaned the stove off, so please excuse the mess), so you can see all of our dishes and cookware for an entire day here…
I separated them into two stacks. The stack on the right shows the items that I literally use every single day, so I can’t put them into a dishwasher and wait a few days until I have enough stuff to fill and run the dishwasher. These things have to be clean and ready to use the next day.
Plus, some of those things can’t be put in a dishwasher anyway. You should never put cast iron in a dishwasher. Wood cutting boards should never be put in a dishwasher, either. So those two things have to be washed by hand anyway. I actually wash the meat tenderizer by hand immediately after using it, because if things (bits of fat, seasonings, etc.) get caught in those tines and dry on there, it’s so much harder to clean. So that leaves two things — the splatter guard and the lid — and again, these are things I use every single day, so they must be clean and ready to go, not waiting for days in the dishwasher until I have enough dirty dishes for a full load.
Then there’s the stack on the left — two bowls, two forks and a knife. These are the things that could actually go in a dishwasher. But here are two points about this stack…
- It’s two bowls, two forks and a knife. 😀 And again, this is for an entire day, not for one of three meals in a day. If I’m already washing the stack on the right by hand, it literally takes two minutes more to wash the stack on the left. Yes, that would save me 14 minutes of work a week, but come on. It’s fourteen minutes a week. 😀
- With putting this amount of dishes into the dishwasher each day, it would take 14 days (two entire weeks) to fill up the dishwasher enough to run a full load. That’s two weeks of disgusting, dirty dishes sitting in a dishwasher. And to verify this, I put the two bowls, two forks, and knife into the dishwasher and then calculated how many more I could put in there based on how much space these took up…
Fourteen days to fill up a dishwasher at that rate.
But also, just in order to make this system of running the dishwasher once every two weeks in order to save myself 14 minutes of work a week, I’d have to purchase more dishes. Matt prefers eating out of that big bowl, and I like the smaller pasta bowl. I only have four of each, so I would literally need to purchase ten more of each bowl (20 new bowls in total), in addition to another two sets of silverware and two sets of steak knives, in order to save myself 14 minutes of work each week.
I just can’t see how that would be helpful to me at all, especially when you consider that at least a portion of the 14 minutes a week of work that I’d be saving myself by not washing those two bowls, two forks, and knife every day by hand, would then be spent unloading my 28 bowls, 14 steak knives, and 28 forks from the packed dishwasher and putting them away.
When all is said and done, I’d probably end up with a net “savings” of about 7-10 minutes of work per week by filling up my dishwasher with dirty dishes and running a full load once every two weeks.
Or…I could just take an extra two minutes each day to wash my two bowls, two forks, and one knife while I’m washing the rest of the items that have to be washed anyway, and be done with them. No stinky dishes languishing in the dishwasher for two weeks at a time. No need to purchase a ridiculous amount of new dishes, silverware, and knives just to avoid washing by hand. And no need to unload that ridiculous amount of dishes, silverware, and knives once every two weeks just to start that process over again.
I guess the point is that for some of us, dishwashers really just don’t make sense. They clearly make life easier for many (maybe even most) people. But it’s just not a given that because they make life easier for so many, they must make life easier for everyone.
I will be getting rid of my dishwasher, and I’ll be glad to see that glorified drying rack go. My plans for what will go there have changed, but it will be storage of some sort. Now THAT is something I’ll use. 🙂
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